Oatmeal Bread Recipe

This oatmeal bread recipe makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup powdered milk, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup honey or molasses
  • 5 - 5 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon soda

In a small bowl, stir yeast into ½ cup warm water; allow it to stand until yeast dissolves and bubbles up.

In medium saucepan, bring ¾ cup water to a boil; stir in oatmeal and cook several minutes. Remove from heat and add buttermilk, oil, and honey or molasses.

Mix 2 cups of flour, salt, and soda in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture, oats mixture, and flour mixture together. Beat with a wire whip or slotted spoon. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Gradually add enough of the remaining flour until the dough is stiff enough for kneading. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 8 to 10 minutes or until a soft, elastic ball forms.

Place dough in a clean greased bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap or clean damp dishtowel. Allow the dough to rise until it doubles in size – about 1 ½ hours.

Punch down the dough and divide it into two portions. Cover the dough with a bowl or towel and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

Form into loaves and place in greased 8” x 4” pans. Cover the dough and let it rise until double in size.

Bake bread at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes or until done.

Remove from oven and set the loaves out to cool on a wire rack.

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